Sam Kohler is a young composer and conductor living in Eugene, OR. Currently a freshman at Tulane University, he is studying composition with Professor Barbara Jazwinski. He has previously studied with composers Eric Funk, Taylor Eigsti, Vince Mendoza, Charles Kronengold, Kevin George, Peter Stolzman, and Jared Burrows. He has worked as a teacher’s assistant at the Stanford Jazz Workshop since 2010.
Since 2013, Kohler has led his own ensemble, the Sam Kohler New Music Ensemble. The Ensemble is a unique force in the classical music scene in New Orleans. Its goal is to champion new works by contemporary composers. It is made up of high school, college, and professional musicians. After a successful debut season that included performances at the New Orleans Museum of Art and a profound tribute to peace and non-violence at Trinity Episcopal Church, the Ensemble released its debut recording, entitled "Synchromy," in October 2014. The recording features two works by Kohler, a work by Kohler’s uncle, and a work by the Ensemble’s pianist Jamie Koffler. In December 2014 the Ensemble teamed up with New Orleans-based St. Paul Lutheran Church Choir to perform several Christmas Cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Kohler has had his works performed in New Orleans, Oberlin College, Atlanta, and Vancouver, BC. He has received many commissions, notably one from the Lusher Charter School Orchestra to compose a work for Choir and String Orchestra. The resulting work, A Dreamer's Waltz, a medley of Stephen Foster's songs "Beautiful Dreamer" and "Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming," was premiered in New Orleans in December 2012 to great acclaim. That same year, Kohler's first String Quartet was named a finalist in ASCAP's 2012 Morton Gould Young Composer's Competition.
During the summer of 2012, Kohler was first introduced to the Synchromy art of Stanton Macdonald Wright and Morgan Russell. He was inspired to create a musical form based on the art. The first culmination of this experiment was Synchromy No. 1 for Chamber Ensemble, which was premiered April 4, 2013 at “Synchromy Concert.” The work was declared a finalist in ASCAP's 2013 Morton Gould Young Composer's Competition.
Three Representative Works:
Siddhartha for voice, flute, clarinet and piano
Synchromy No. 1 for Chamber Ensemble - Flute, Clarinet, Piano, Violin, Viola, Violoncello, and Double Bass
Six Preludes for Solo Piano
Visit Me Online:
• Web (Sam Kohler Music) Web (Sam Kohler New music Ensemble)
• Social Media
Oregon Connection: Lived in Eugene from 1998-2007, and again since February 2015.